Letters to the Editor

Readers share thoughts on CVS, contraceptives, Metcalf South

Smoking, CVS

I would like to publicly thank CVS pharmacies for the company’s new policy of not selling tobacco products, thereby sacrificing profits for the greater good. Instead of brightly colored packs of cigarettes, you now see behind the cashier signs offering smoking-cessation products.

I am proud of CVS for helping to save the health and lives of so many.

Delia Tankard


Contraceptives a must

With the world population at an all-time high, I believe the axiom “go forth and multiply” is no longer viable. So when is the Catholic Church going to face reality and stop preaching that the use of contraceptives is sinful?

Please get real. In today’s world, I believe it is absolutely irresponsible if one eschews the use of contraceptives.

1) Their use prevents unwanted pregnancies and abortions.

2) Their use curtails adding to the already exploding population.

Makes sense? I think so.

Delores Mair

Kansas City

Metcalf South closes

Sept. 19 was a sad day in the Kansas City area. Another landmark succumbed to changing lifestyles, re-calibrated demographics and the wear and tear of passing time.

Metcalf South Shopping Center, once one of Kansas City’s busiest suburban malls, closed its doors after struggling for years to survive or repurpose itself.

I have many fond memories of Metcalf South. I shopped for Christmas gifts there regularly, bought my clothes at Jack Henry’s and more recently walked its climate-controlled hallways on cold winter days.

I walked the center’s hallways one last time Friday morning. The marquees above the darkened doors identified the businesses that have closed or moved to new locations.

The once-splashing fountains were cold and silent. The tiles on the floor were gleaming, but some were cracked or broken.

I couldn’t help but feel like I am losing a nearly lifelong friend.

Dee Edwards


Heathrow update, KCI

In June, the newly remodeled Terminal 2, or The Queen’s Terminal, had its grand opening at the London Heathrow Airport.

Terminal 2 opened in 1955. The new terminal has been designed in line with Heathrow’s “cultural transformation” to put passengers first, that is, “to let you catch and leave your plane as quickly as possible.”

This is the philosophy that Kansas City International Airport was originally designed to do. It’s curious how our city’s leaders think that concept is now outdated.

Brad Lucht

Kansas City

KC woman honored

This month, the Missouri AARP recognized Judy Sherry of Kansas City with the 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service, its most prestigious acknowledgment of volunteerism. It’s easy to understand why Missouri chose Judy.

Her volunteer efforts span decades in Kansas City. Her energy and creativity have benefited organizations ranging from the Girl Scouts to KCUR-FM and from Kansas City Public Schools to civic issues championed by True Blue Women.

Specifically, Missouri’s AARP cited Judy’s efforts to stem gun violence. She co-founded the Missouri Kansas chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, started by two Massachusetts grandmothers after the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The local chapter has grown tenfold since beginning last year, from 30 friends and colleagues to its current 300 members.

Because of Judy’s passionate leadership, the group and 25 distinguished co-sponsoring organizations will host a daylong community forum Oct. 13 titled “Gun Violence: Finding Common Ground, Taking Action” at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.

Kansas City Mayor Sly James will kick off the day devoted to examining how to solve a frightening public-health crisis.

Judie Becker

Missouri Kansas chapter


Against Gun Violence


Unnecessary tolls

It confuses me why Kansas has toll stretches on Interstate 70 and Interstate 35. Because we already pay so much money in taxes to fund government projects, shouldn’t we have enough money to pay for our highways?

The government is supposed to fund things that we need and want, and the vast majority of taxpayers would put quality roads and bridges in this category.

We already pay taxes toward the maintenance and construction of our highways. So we shouldn’t be nickeled and dimed every time we want to go to Topeka.

Jack Livers

Kansas City

U.S. foresight lacking

For those of us who are old enough to have lived through World War II, we may recall that after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor it was feared they might attack and control the islands. Our government then had the foresight to print on the money for Hawaii the word “Hawaii.”

It is a shame that our current government did not learn from the past and print “Iraq” on the millions of dollars we have been sending there. That way we could have avoided having to accept any stolen money.

This would be true for any of the other unstable countries where we are sending (wasting?) our money.

Herbert J. Waxman, M.D.

Overland Park

KC’s nuclear threat

Last month, government officials and Honeywell leaders dedicated the National Security Campus where nuclear weapon parts will be made and procured. A Honeywell spokesperson said, “For more than 65 years, we have helped protect our nation and have been a responsible business partner and employer in the Kansas City community.”

What exactly does it mean to protect our nation? Does anyone feel protected from the threat of nuclear annihilation that hangs over all of our heads?

What exactly is a responsible employer? Is it one that has exposed its workers to toxic materials, leading to deaths and terminal illnesses?

In the name of national security, Honeywell failed to notify its employees — and those of other federal agencies at Bannister Federal Complex — about the contaminants to which they were exposed. The new complex is now our very own “insecurity campus.”

For this reason, Peace Works-KC assembled to protest the dedication with its own “Dead-ication” and staged a funeral procession to grieve the workers’ deaths and the threat nuclear weapons pose to the survival of the planet.

Georgia Walker

Kansas City

Birthday blessing

Francis Louise Van Hooser, longtime Kansas Citian, turns 100. She was born in Harrisonville in the home of her maternal grandmother, Fannie Colesmith, on Sept. 27, 1914. Shortly after her birth she arrived in Kansas City, Kan.

She attended Immanuel Baptist church in Kansas City, Kan., since the age of 7. She attended Bryant Elementary and Northwest Junior High and graduated from Wyandotte High School in May 1933.

Imagine being her age and reminding others what life once was like. Francis Louise’s children attended the same three schools she did, which is very special to her.

She married Richard Thomas Van Hooser in 1933 at age 19. She was widowed at age 58 in 1973. They had four children. Frances Louise has 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

Grandma is a huge blessing to our family and the Kansas City community. As one of her oldest great-granddaughters, I can tell you I feel very blessed to still have Grandma Van Hooser in my life.

She is so much fun to visit and talk with. Her mind has not lost a beat.

She is an avid fan of the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs and KU basketball. She will celebrate her 100th birthday with family and friends at the Grinter House on Saturday.

Tiffany Schweigert